Saturday, September 8, 2012
5 Scary Things About Demolition Man
One of the points of this website, especially earl on was to review all types of movies, not just the splatter flicks, not just the obvious ones, and I stick to that in many ways. Case in point, this science fiction action film, Demolition Man. On the surface it’s an action movie starring Sylvester Stallone, but underneath the surface there are a lot of scary moments you might miss while laughing at my proposed thesis statement. Before you judge too hard, remember, that this website reviews science fiction as well as horror, and this movie has some heavy science fiction ties which is why I’m reviewing it. However, instead of going through each plot point or anything like that, I’m going to give you 5 things that are horrifying in this film, and then you decided if this isn’t a scary premonition of a future you will live in.
Demolition Man should scare you for five major reasons, and if it doesn’t, maybe you’re just too callous to play along.
Taco Bell – The fast food war made it so that you can only eat 1 type of food. That type is Taco Bell! That’s right, the only food in the future is Taco Bell, but not your traditional tacos and burritos. You’ll have to eat what seems like tortilla chips with a little bit of something on top. It’s not until John Spartan goes to the underground where he gets a burger, albeit, not from cow.
No Sex – In the future you can’t have sex. None. No kissing either. Sandra Bullock is hot too, and while I don’t want to see Stallone’s ass, it would’ve been a small price to pay to see Bullock in a love scene. That doesn’t happen here, we get this weird cyber sex thing that you already knew would be the future because you saw “The Cone Heads” didn’t you?
The Big one of 2010 – I live in Los Angeles, and since I was a small boy the media has been pushing the notion that there will be a huge earthquake that would kill us all. Well, the movie makes reference to this and that it would happen in 2010 killing off millions and breaking apart Los Angeles and unifying several pieces of the southern California area. We all know that this didn’t happen, but if it ever does, our future is completely screwed.
Arnold Schwarzenegger President – Stallone has an interesting jab at Arnold here where he finds out that the other action star becomes president of the United States! Imagine that? Don’t be a girly man, it could happen? I mean if a Kenyan born president works why not an Austrian? (just saying, don’t believe it, just saying)
Laser Disc wins Media War – There is a moment where Huxley mentions the media format that ended up winning the high definition entertainment world and it’s not blu ray, it’s laser disc. Truth be told, Laser Disc has amazing quality, however, the size of each disc is massive, and if you had even a spec of dust on the disc your whole movie was screwed. It was like an oversized compact disc, only more sensitive and now, more expensive than you can imagine. I never adopted, but apparently the future was to be owned by that format.
There are some other things that make this movie scary, but the above are the things that I caught while watching this action packed science fiction actioner from 1993. I recommend Demolition Man, it’s still quite an entertaining movie, and the sci-fi aspect really lends well to what goes on through the story.
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